Brexit and the risks of digital sovereignism

Regaining sovereignty from the EU was a mantra of the Brexit campaign. The Eurosceptic
slogan ‘let’s take back control’ referred to an alleged erosion of sovereignty and supremacy of
the powers of the UK Parliament by EU institutions. Before the Brexit referendum, in a last
attempt to reconcile UK sovereignty claims and its status as an EU member state, UK Prime
Minister David Cameron even proposed the idea of a ‘Parliamentary Sovereignty Act’, a plan
that was soon dismissed as only a definitive departure from the EU would have achieved its
objectives. The EU, its laws and institutions were perceived as hampering the socio-economic
development of an independent and sovereign UK, which relied on a century-long democratic
tradition. However, it was clear that to regain that coveted independence a polite handshaking
between former partners would not have sufficed. Especially in light of the complexity of the
issues to be solved, plugging off the cable from the EU family could not be an overnight
change. As expected, the Brexit process resulted to be more akin a suffered divorce.

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